Saturday, July 23, 2016

2016 Donruss Optic Baseball - The Dodgers Insert Cards

Now that you've seen the 2016 Panini Optic Dodgers' base cards here are the handful of inserts that are available.  I should have pics of most of the autographed cards in a few days.


#15 Clayton Kershaw

Blog Kiosk: 7/23/2016 - Dodgers Links - Some Odds and Ends

It's Hall of Fame Weekend at Cooperstown right now, and today is their annual golf tournament.  Joining newest inductee Mike Piazza on the green today is former teammate Eric Karros, as evidenced in the photo above.

Photo above via @Dodgers on twitter.   Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History: In 1962 Jackie Robinson is inducted into the Hall of Fame.  In 1974 Steve Garvey, who was a write-in candidate, had a single, double and an RBI during the All-Star Game in Pittsburgh.  He would be named the games MVP.  In 1975 Willie Crawford and Lee Lacy hit pinch-hit home runs in the ninth inning in a loss against the Cardinals, 5-4.  The homers tied a Major League record for pinch-hit homers in the same inning.
  • Happy Birthday, Don Drysdale, Hong-Chih Kuo, Nomar Garciaparra and Pee Wee Reese!

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Vintage Dodgers Wallet at Hunt Auctions

I just didn't have enough dough.

Featured here is a vintage, circa 1950's, children's wallet featuring the Baseball and the Dodgers. (Auction Link)  It had recently sold during Hunt Auctions recent internet-only offering, and I was an active bidder - that is until the values jumped far higher than I imagined. 

As you can see, it showcases the facsimile autographs of Roy Campanella, Carl Furillo, Gil Hodges, Pee Wee Reese, Duke Snider, Don Newcombe, and Gene Hermanski.  For whatever reason Jackie Robinson is missing.

The auction closed Wednesday evening at $268.

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2016 Donruss Optic Baseball - The Dodgers Base Cards

A couple of days ago Panini America debuted their newest Baseball card brand.  It is called Donruss Optic, and as you can see it mimics basic Donruss design elements with chrome-style cardboard.  Basically, it's Panini's version of Topps Chrome cards.  Go here for a complete checklist.

Below are the Dodger base cards in the set.

Diamond Kings

#14 Joc Pederson

Rated Rookies

#32 Corey Seager

Blog Kiosk: 7/22/2016 - Dodgers Links - Justin Turner is a Beast

All hail Justin Turner!

He was a one man wrecking crew yesterday afternoon.  Justin was responsible for five of the Dodgers six runs on the day by hitting two homers against Washington ace Stephen Strasburg.

I think it's fair to say that JT is out of his early season slump.  He began the year slashing .235/.335/.343/.678 with three home runs and 16 RBI's in the first 50 games.  Via Bill Ladson and Alex Putterman at
"I've felt healthy all year. I don't know what was going on those first two months," Turner said. "I feel good, feel comfortable, and am obviously getting better results."
Since July 1st, over a span of the past 16 games, Turner has been slashing .323/.394/.677/1.072 with six homers and 16 RBI's.  That's definitely much better results.  Via Alex Putterman at
"It's a simple mindset, but execution and mechanically it's tougher to do," (Dave) Roberts said. "But he committed some time in June to get out front and elevate to the pull side, and then you've seen the slug."
The Dodgers defeated the Nationals, 6-3, and now sit four games behind the Giants in NL West and maintains a one game lead over the Marlins in the Wild-Card race.  The photo above via Jon SooHoo/LA Dodgers 2016Go here to check out more pics by Jon from yesterdays game.   Below are more links to check out:
  • This Day in Dodger History:  In 1966 Mets left fielder learns he is a new dad when the Dodger Stadium scoreboard relays the message, "Congratulations, Ron Swoboda. Your new son is born tomorrow morning". Cecilia Swoboda gave birth to Chipper, the couple's first child, at 1:05 a.m. eastern standard time, making it the next day on the East Coast. In 1970 Tom Haller hit the very first pinch hit grand slam in Dodgers franchise history.  It was in the seventh inning against Claude Raymond of the Expos, and it sparked an eight-run rally that eventually saw the Dodgers defeat Montreal, 12-10.  In 2005 Yhency Brazoban breaks the clubs rookie record for saves established in 1980 by Steve Howe with 18.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Vintage Dodgers Memorabilia on eBay - Snapshots and Spring Training in Cuba

I was running around eBay the other day and came across a couple of items I just had to share here (Auction Link).  Featured above is a group of three fan-taken photographs of members of the Brooklyn Dodgers.  According to the seller they were taken at the Polo Grounds - home of the NY Giants.  He also states they're from 1955, but that can't be right. 

At the top right is manager Chuck Dressen, and he was not with the team in 1955.  That season he was managing for the Washington Senators.  He was, on the other hand, manager of the club from 1951 to 1953, and a coach from 1958 to 1959.  To the right of Dressen is Jackie Robinson, and at the bottom is Pee Wee Reese.

One of the more unique items I saw is the below grouping of spring training memorabilia from Havana, Cuba, circa 1941.  (Auction Link)